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user reviews of the Kings Head, Tooting

please note - reviews on this site are purely the opinion of site visitors, so don't take them too seriously.

If you want beautifully etched interior glass then look no further!

However, for me, that's where it ends!

Lots of the pale punk style beer on and a scruffy ginger bloke behind the bar who just about managed to top a beer up when asked! At £10 for two drinks, take your custom elsewhere!
Ade.The.Raider - 11 Apr 2017 23:07
First of two Taylor Walker pubs I tried in South West London yesterday. This was the better of the two. It's a fine building both inside and out, possibly the best kept traditional interior south of the river. It consists of a central bar serving several different drinking areas, with plenty of glasswork. It's popular with football fans with plenty of TVs available to watch the match. There's even a sports room. 4 ales were on - Red Squirrel Winter's Tail, Fullers London Pride, Hard & Hansons Rocking Rudolph & Westerham 1730. I tried the Winter's Tail, which wasn't the best. Still a good little pub to visit.
blue_scrumpy - 29 Dec 2014 23:09
went in with the girlfriend yesterday to watch arsenal-man utd. great place to watch the footy, and lovely pint of hogsback lager. but 11 quid for a burger was ludicrous - would have been alright if it was your clapham style freshly ground organic mince with a olive ciabatta, but it was your bog standard burger van effort. a good pub, but will think twice before splurging best part of 25 quid on two fairly average burgers again.
TommyRogers1979 - 13 Feb 2014 10:03
Live nearby and thought was a nice looking pub so decided to have Sunday lunch with my partner. Wouldn't return. Staff really average. Had lunch in the garden, and the food was served cold. It is over priced, the pub is on upper tooting road, not the most desirable location. Staff obviously students and couldn't care less. Great pub if u are addicted to sky sports, Otherwise avoid, go to Balham
Foodiefred - 16 Jun 2013 00:39
Was in here yesterday and loved it.
Lovely decor,very attractive place.
Nice guinness,and friends enjoyed the ales.
Nice crowd in very friendly.
Service a bit slow,but very fit staff.

rainbowian - 10 Jun 2012 13:47
Popped in the other week to catch end of the F1, staff were helpful, happy to put it on for us. Lovely building, good food and reasonable prices for London, but the cask was awful. Cloudy and with a terrible aftertaste. Certainly wouldn't advise visiting for the cask.
cs192 - 4 Aug 2011 13:45
A great building and good for sport. Food also pretty good and fair value. But staff are really awful. Not rude. But often waiting at the bar for ten/fifteen minutes and no idea why they take so long. It's not this hard to pour drinks. Same round of drinks also has tendency to come to different amount every time.
jonjonjon - 7 Jul 2011 15:08
Just looking at the reports and abit hit and miss, shame that so many have posted so much online about the kings head and no one can say all good about it. I think that the owners only want to get as much money out of you but not listen to the customers.They are the people that spend if they like they stay if not they walk. So come on listen
frankadams - 19 Jan 2011 21:57
Decent enough high street pub that will both suffer and benefit from it's location. On the plus side it's on a main road and is the only pub for about a 10 minute walk, So bit of passing trade. On the down side it's by itself in a place where the trade is likely to pass through.

Still a good choice of beers that are decently kept, nice decor, decent pub food and fairly good staff makes this an all right choice without being remarkable. Worth heading in if you're passing by or in the area but not worth making a detour for.
theoneandonlyjoe - 8 Dec 2010 15:19
This is a very big pub with the bar area being split in two by the bar and there is a large function type room at the rear which has a large plasma screen. There is also a plasma screen for showing Sky Sports in the left hand side of the pub, but these were both off during my visit and there was no music giving this almost empty pub a very sedate feel. The Victorian décor and furnishings are very well kept, but there was a strong smell of food and I got a hotel like vibe which I wasn’t that keen on.

Pride, Broadside, Greene King IPA and Old Speckled Hen were the ale choices during my visit before Christmas. There was also a selection of standard and premium products and I found the barman to be very friendly.

There is some additional café type seating on the widened path outside, but Tooting Bec High Street isn’t the most relaxing place for a beer in the sun.

I would pop back in here if passing, but I wouldn’t go out of my way or stay for long.
Strongers - 7 Jan 2010 13:50
Decent place for a few pints, well kept ales and a nice spacious feel - imagine if it's busy there's a good atmosphere.
OldRogue - 10 Jan 2009 18:58
It is where I my boyf and it was lovely. Slightly grotty now, but still the best place in tooting!
muse1986 - 5 Jan 2009 16:09
It was desperately quiet on a Tuesday afternoon, with only half a dozen or so punters rattling around this very large pub. It was pretty cold in there as well, but I suppose that at another time it would be vibrant and warm. They had a few real ales on – London Pride, Adnam’s Broadside and Explorer. I had the Pride – it was OK – at £2.90 a pint.

If appearances are anything to go by this should be a superb pub. It retains pretty much all of its original Victorian features – bar dividers, tiled entrance, cut and etched glass and mirrors in abundance. And yes, it is in the CAMRA inventory of London’s heritage pubs. I think it is a good pub – it’s clean, and although I didn’t try the food it looked reasonably priced. I think that it is especially worth a visit for the décor, if you’re interested in that sort of thing.

RexRattus - 13 Dec 2008 11:05
Great decor, beer well kept but the service has still not improved. Also tonight the kitchen staff were playing music so loud it could be heard in the bar.

david3187 - 28 Oct 2008 22:57
Great new look to this pub. The deep leather chairs and fireplace shout out for winter sessions. Only gets a 5 cos this place is a bit pricey. Beer is about average but the " soft drink" was nearly £3.
FARUPNORTH - 25 Sep 2008 08:34
A beautiful ornate Victorian pub with plenty of tiling, etched glass and screens. Think it's in CAMRA's National Inventory. Should be if not. The beer was ok but played second fiddle to the breathtaking interior.
chick - 16 Aug 2008 15:17
Nice refurb, BUT
where have the friendly efficient barstaff gone.
why on a saturday afternoon are there pictures in front of the tv screens, no sport ?? more importantly empty!!
what do they want a restaurant or a pub ??
shame - used to enjoy walking to watch the sport chatting to the bar staff. - to the Tup i go...


lost - 2 Jun 2008 16:10
Good refurb. Not really changed, but tidied up alot, and outside seating area added at the front (in addition to the one at the side).

If only Youngs had been similarly respectful to the Devonshire down in Balham...
bristolbeerboy - 23 May 2008 12:14
Have been in since the refurb. They've done a top notch job. All they've really done is give it a quick spruce up and some new wallpaper. This is all it needed.

Downside I think they have lost their best staff. Had to wait for a very long time to get served when not many people waiting and then had staff walk past me to serve people that had only just turned up.
theoneandonlyjoe - 12 May 2008 16:25
So... the king's head is back...
and to be fair it's not that different! In fact the main differences inside appear to be that they have filled in a couple of the sky lights to make this already very dark pub even darker and place a tv in a picture frame!

Unfortunately the big screen seems to have gone, but the outside looks better!

Can someone tell me what they have actually done to the place?
randommalarky - 8 May 2008 16:12
Please please please don't ruin this fantastic interior. all it needs is someone decent to run it.
mitomighty - 27 Apr 2008 22:21
thank god this place is being refitted, lets hope they get some good managers and staff on board.

used to be a very busy pub i'm told and could certainly be once again

good luck to it
quirky45 - 21 Apr 2008 16:00
Really nice old pub. I loved the decor and the staff were very efficient. However it does suffer from it's size as it's very big and will be hard to fill. It's undergoing rennovation at the moment which I hold some reservations over. It would be great to keep the original fixtures but they really need to do something with all that space to attract the crowds in and so make it feel less like your the last man on earth going for a drink. With the terrible job done on the Duke of Devonshire just up the road though I fear for what may happen.
theoneandonlyjoe - 7 Apr 2008 14:13
Not a great place to go really, but better than most places in Tooting. The beer I drunk in there was no nice, I didn't finish my pint, the place smelt of piss and was full of some nasty looking types (OK, there was football on, which was why I went originally)

Tooting really really needs it's pubs to up the level a bit
theadz01 - 23 Sep 2007 20:52
have to agree with posting below

its got a very long way to go until best pub ...

could be a wonderful venue if the landlords kicked out the useless managers and got some in who really cared about it !

its big so hard to fill , but mostly gets filled by geezas and waynettas

shame , but with the southerley gentrification from balham it will surely be done up and sorted out !


petey.p - 3 Jul 2007 16:17
I would say that best pub in Tooting is pushing it somewhat.
Amazing old building and ok for a footie match if that's your bag.
Otherwise there are far superior places to frequent in Tooting.
Food here is ok.
Poor outside area. It's a patio bordering a main road (lovely).
For a more rewarding experience all round see The Garden House, The Long Room, The Selkirk or The Rose and Crown.
6/10.
rjbradburnesq - 22 Apr 2007 13:20
Best pub in Tooting, and has been for the last 3 years, at least. Good, friendly staff, decent food. Always got a couple of real ales, decently kept. Comedy nights, music, quizes etc.

Sky sports in all bars, but not too intrusive, except in the back room when they have it on the big screen, which is fair enough.

Small outside area to the side.
bristolbeerboy - 2 Apr 2007 14:15
Nicely laid-out old gin palace. A delight to note that it has retained its original features - long may the developers stay away!
silverlafite - 20 Mar 2007 14:51
Lovely building and the back room is great - although the TV'sa are too high on the wall for comfortable viewing. The front room is a bit wasted though - could be a lot better. Still though I like this pub and would use it more but it's a tad too far down Tooting High Road from where I livr
murgatroyd - 11 Feb 2007 20:17
Was in here just before christmas on a wednesday night... where have all the pretty barmaids gone?


propertyking - 11 Jan 2007 11:53
Well I'm glad to see they are showing the football again here regularly but correct me if i am wrong. There was a point when it seemed a bit of a no no to watch football in there.

Last poster is right it's not a pub to enjoy from outside but with an interior this good, why would you want to stay outside!?! If this pub were in another area then I'm sure that it would receive far more visitors. There aren't many pubs with such an interior. If I had the cash I'd take it over and make it perfect, but I don't.
mitomighty - 15 Dec 2006 22:43
Decent pub, this is the pub nearest to my house and so I've been there a fair bit, it's either rammed when the football is showing (on account of about 6 big plasma screens) or deserted, and it's a big place so a bit dreary when it's empty. The staff are nice, full marks for service, food is standard pub fare and the prices overall are reasonable. Definitely a winter pub though, as it's a bit dark inside, and no garden - in the summer you'd have to prefer The Selkirk down the road which has a great beer garden. A decent local pub, I'll rate it a better than average 6/10.
jimmythefish - 11 Dec 2006 18:03
It's such a beautiful pub that I'm always disappointed when something isn't right. It was very empty on myvisit and lacking in atmosphere, which is a real shame. If you like pub interiors, you'll like this one. Definitely worth a look although if you drink ale you'll be disappointed.Went in with a view of getting something to eat but only on the condition that my beer tasted good. It didn't taste very good so I didn't eat! They never really served it in good nick anyway, so no change there.

In fact, they have removed 3 handpumps from the bar since my last visit and replaced them with some standard options. That said they were not offering more ales before but it does say something about priorities. The selection is poor anyway.

I heard good reports about the other stuff going on here and the staff were pleasant. I'm sure the average professional in the area will enjoy it.
mitomighty - 10 Dec 2006 15:13
Went here on Saturday night for a couple of beers and was shocked to see it's quite empty. Nice big tables, lots of space and room, not smokey at all, the bar staff were polite. Not a great selection of beers. My main gripe would be the lighting - it's so bloody dark in there!
Flawed - 11 Sep 2006 14:53
This Pub is really picking up I feel. Lots of mid-twenties filling the room most nights of the week. My friend met his current girlfriend there and I get a good vibe from going there.

Good quiz on Sundays, cheap to enter and a good way to sink a few quiets. The live music is regular on Wednesdays, same lad every week with an acoustic guitar, has a great voice and is good with the crowd. Roasts are still tasty, the staff are from all over but are generally interested in working at the pub.

I say give it a try if you are new or old to the area.
anonymous - 16 Aug 2006 15:39
With the addition of multiple new screens and a more laissey faire attitude the pub has become much more friendly.

The new Unteroffizier is really laid back and enjoys a laugh. The Ytterbia anthem is resurgant as the people feel more comfortable.

There is some downside over supplies, but as spirit deliveries have now resumed merriment is widespread. The future's bright with cognac and whiskey.
tsuwamono - 10 Aug 2006 00:26
Will they be showing live sport now the footie season is underway?
mitomighty - 9 Aug 2006 17:07
Good big pub, nice ales on tap (when they havn't run out). Food is of the better side of pub grub and nicely priced.
80% of the staff are now great (as opposed to lst year when 80% of the staff were awful) but 20% still let the place down.
It is a good pub if you can not be arsed to do anything else (I mean that in a good way)
propertyking - 26 Apr 2006 16:07
Can't agree with the last comment. As a listed building the pub LOOKS great but the change in atmosphere is for the worse in my opinion. The Food is very ordinary (but not a massive change there)and the atmosphere too. The ales are not well kept but they did have Budvar and Leffe there I suppose.

It used to be my pub of choice but recently it's lost it. I only go if I have to. Admittedly, there aren't many great pubs in Tooting. They don't seem to want you to go there to watch sport there anymore. It's a pity.

It's worth going if you like pub interiors because it does look good. Go elsewhere for better food. Elsewhere for sports and sunday afternoon loungin'. Elsewhere for better beer. Pity.
mitomighty - 12 Apr 2006 17:29
This pub is excellent. It may not be the best looking pub, but the food was excellent.

The hamburger with cheese and bacon is a must! Only beaten by a burger on Lots Road.

The selection of beers and ales isn't amazing, -- but its got a good atomosphere, friendly staff. Its a big big place with several different areas. I enjoyed it and would go again.
teedoubleyou - 10 Apr 2006 12:04
I moved to Tooting at the start of the year, so I don't have any idea of what the King's Head used to be like but I like it and it now is my local. It has a good selection of beers- having Budvar on tap is great and I like the lounge feel to it. Perhaps I am part of the "wine, scarf and Mini driving mob" that Nino1 refers but it certainly feels chilled on the weekends and is great place to go for a few pints with friends and is much better than the rest of the pubs in Tooting that i've been in to. The food is nice too and pretty good value.
andywatson17 - 30 Mar 2006 13:39
This used to be a great pub with a fantastic local spirit. Obviously, the new management couldn't care less about the community and insist on pandering to the wine, scarf and Mini driving mob!

The sport is now being shown on two plasma tv's high on the back wall. My advise would be to bring a neck brace for comfort reasons. I also believe they do not feel the World Cup is important enough to show.

It is very interesting how the reviews have changed over the past few months. Unfortunately, no-one from the brewery cares.

Great screen for sport down at either the Mayfair Snooker Hall or the Mayfair Pub. I suggest the Snooker Hall (Huge screen!).

In the past 10/10
Now 0/10


Nino1 - 26 Mar 2006 17:04
no longer a place to watch sport (which is a shame as the back room was perfect for it). The place is pretty big and the food is ok. A good place to go if there are a few of you after a weekend day relaxing over a few drinks.

certainly worth a try.
herbaltea - 15 Mar 2006 13:36
This pub used to be excellent. But oh dear, it has gone thoroughly downhill in the past 3 months or so.
I've been going for 5 years; initially it was a typical no-nonsense south london boozer, then it was renovated and turned into a more upmarket place, still retaining it's non-pretentious edge. Recently, however, it's been taken over. Now the big screen has gone, the staff are a lot less friendly and a lot less attractive, the music selection is absolutely dreadful and the food has gone from above average to pretty poor.
I still go here out of habit, though, and in the hope that things will change again.
kknb3398 - 23 Feb 2006 11:10
This used to be one of my favourite pubs, it had a big screen for the football, served good food, had friendly staff and is close to home. I am now looking for somewhere else to spend my Sunday afternoons as per the comments below, something has gone horribly wrong with the management here.
Gutted.
sn14 - 31 Jan 2006 16:39
The pub was good, but something has gone very wrong. Its not just the football, but the surly, brash bar staff who seem they have got something else to do. Some how it seems to forgotten who the customers are and they are leaving accordingly.
slimjim - 19 Jan 2006 19:10
I think the Pub has actually improved. Halloween party was top. Keep it up.
emperor.ming - 13 Jan 2006 17:50
WHO has got nothing better to do? I think the lady concerned is in the wrong pub if she doesn't like the regulars. They are 'regulars' after all. I like this pub less and less. The pub should look after the needs of these people not isolate them because the management want new people in the pub. The community want and need access to the football and the amount of people who go there/used to go there to watch the football is testament to that. The plasma screens are in a ridiculous place and there aren't enough of them. A big screen is needed for a pub this size, other pubs manage to get them working and a pub of this status should also. The ale is still not up to scratch. Service is poor but perhaps the men are a little lechy!!
mitomighty - 12 Jan 2006 11:33
After reading the last comment about old farts I feel compelled to give voice or perhaps wind. This week we have had the Guinness off for two days, Fosters has disappeared, the Budvar is missing, Deuchars has been gone various spirits have flown etc etc etc. As for the wonderful new flatscreen TV's; anybody who thinks of putting two screens high up on the same long wall of a long room deserves IQ testing. The only result of such intelligence is to cause a jam of people in the 'main area' of the pub who try desperately to glimpse a picture through the door. I pity the ladies who have to negotiate such a scrum. As for the 'fans' whether lager fuelled or no, it is they who pay. The majority of the one beer thankyous account for little revenue (statistics powered by lager). If I have been rude or obnoxious to the staff, then I apologise. I refuse to be cowed by Political Correctionists. A pub is more than the sum of service and facilities, it is a community; the management doesn't like the community. The management of the KH sucks we all deserve better.
tsuwamono - 12 Jan 2006 00:02
After reading the recent reviews posted on this site regarding the kings head I feel duty bound to set the record straight to members of the public who may have been put off the pub due to the comments of some disillusioned bored old farts who obviously have nothing better to do with their lives than bitch to each other about their local pub.
Indeed the pub has had some of its tvs removed and the big screen seems to be beyond use for whatever reason. However the big screen was almost almost unwatchable as it was so dull. As for the Tvs in the main bar area being removed i kind of support the idea. Solely on the basis that during big matches a minority of 'Fans'who essentially amount to no more than thuggish reprobates exhibit absolutly no regard for people in the bar trying to enjoy a quiet drink or meal in the front bar without having to listen to repeated lager top fuelled moronic chants. The replacement plasma screens are a welcome addition. As for the comments of the football team who used to swan in every saturday afternoon as if THEY Sponsor the pub, GOOD RIDDENCE! As for the comments about the new manager, fair enough if you dont nessesarily agree with some of his decisions but mentioning his full name online whilst keeping your own anonymous come guys have a bit of prfessionalism! you wouldnt like it if someone gossiped about you and your professionalism on a web site would you now. As for the bar staff despite the fact that there seems to be a new set of staff every month, I have always found them to be very welcoming, friendly and up for a laugh. but is it any wonder that they look miserable when they have to contend with a band of arrogant rude and abrasive buffoons who hang round the games machine. As for the female bar staff I sympathise! I would find it hard to deal with the lecherous comments and glares that the so called regulars are constantly sending in your direction. In conclusion the Kings Head is definatly in the top three bars in tooting. The only problems I can see with the place are the constant lack of real ale which causes my boyfriend untold stress, and that when its busy the food service can be pretty awful. Bring back the BUZZERS! Dispite this the main problem in my view is the so-called regulars. If you guys are really so offended about the current changes and the new management i have a suggestion for all of you. Why not get a hobby that does not invovle wasting your own time, this websites time and its readers time by writing silly pedantic rumours and gossip. Infact better still do us all a favour and go and drink somewhere else, where you will have a new set of staff to be rude to and a whole new clientele to grate on! If the new and old managment did meet up for a brain storm like one of you suggested the first topic on the agenda would to be to get rid of you lot and make the kings head a better place for everyone!!!!!!!
concearned_aussie13 - 11 Jan 2006 17:14
Hi its frank Adams ex Manager of the KINGS HEAD yes its me poped up to say Hi I ran this house from 1997-2000 when i packed in running pubs.Now i have a life to live.But back to the KINGS HEAD it has always been a great pub when we had a England football world cup match We would take about £10,000- £12,000 a match,no problem at all.the food was good and at a price you liked,the food is good now but just differant.The pub has changed but everything changes it fills alittle empty then i remember but that might be me.But still you should go and try for yourself......
frankadams - 20 Dec 2005 15:30
Went in to watch a footie match but they've removed the TVs from two areas in the pub and it's feeling more and more like a restaurant everyday.
anonymous - 19 Dec 2005 16:17
No suprise that all reviews up to August 05 were positive about this pub but from September onwards are all negative, If you didn't already know the new manager took over the end of August. It is shame because as a football club we have had so many great nights here in a great atmosphere with the other locals but have now decided to take our business elsewhere due to the ever decreasing service(20 minutes before being served at a half empty bar), less and less football on the TV etc etc There just seems to be a lack of knowledge of how to run a business let alone a pub as there is no attempt to keep the paying public happy anymore. We had 2 great years here under the old management so lets just hope now the pub is no longer part of the Spirit group the new owners will sort this pub out and return it to the enjoyable days of Ed, Paul and then Santi.
Tooting_Bec_FC - 13 Dec 2005 11:55
Everytime I go here I love being here except that ... they haven't got it quite right!! One BIG gripe is that the ALE is always NOT VERY GOOD!! For such a great place they should hae more pride in what they do!! ALSO FOOTBALL PLEASE - it isn't only played on sunday afternoons....
anonymous - 11 Dec 2005 00:40
Beautiful old pub, a fantastic building with some extraordinary features and real history. Shame to hear aobut the football though. I found the barstaff to be very friendly and the beer was'nt too badly priced. Overall 6.5/10, worth a visit but the palce could do better for itself!
Dr.T - 9 Dec 2005 12:46
I agree with the comment about the Football. It should be on when there's a game on...nuff said. Actually not because this could be a brilliant pub. The Victorian decor is stunning, it's roomy and you can get a seat usually,there's an unobtrusive pool table, it has decent capacity for food and serves some decent real ales. However, the barstaff never smile and aren't very welcoming, the food is average, food service confused and the ale has never tasted especially well kept. Who's running the show!!!?? Sort it..!
mitomighty - 29 Nov 2005 15:51
This pub has absolutely gone down the Pan in the last couple of months. A absolute shame!
The football screen has not been fixed, the football games are not shown if you don't ask at times, the food tastes attrocious as the best cook has not been seen for ages and the staff are diabolical except for maybe two.
Bring back the Juke Box, Get the football on the screen at least half hour prior to kick off. Get rid of the ridiculous idea of having staff bring the food to your table as when its busy its chaotic. Get the staff to look around the whole bar to serve customers.
Remember that this is a FOOTBALL Pub and always has been. Management can you sort this out please and listen to your regulars before you destroy the one and only Pub in Tooting Bec that has a atmosphere.
Better still why don't you speak to the old landlords and have a brainstorm and use some of their old ideas to bring this Pub back to its full glory.
ATrueRegular - 27 Nov 2005 16:45
This place is going down the hill! Such a beautifull pub but the new managment is making it look so ugly and unwelcoming. Not friendly at all. go to the mayfair, they smile down there and everybody look happy. Shame on the manager. Seems that he is not vewry clever.
anonymous - 23 Nov 2005 17:10
This used to be a really great pub with a wonderful atmosphere, beautiful barmaids and a load of eccentric locals who added to the fun.

Unfortunately the recent arrival of Tim and his clique of corporate management people has created a rather strained atmosphere.

Used to be that this was a football Pub, but most people prefer to go across the road to the Mayfair nowadays as Tim doesn't really care for football.

This used to be one of the best Pubs, but it's becoming slightly dull.
tsuwamono - 18 Nov 2005 18:53
Tooting has a bad rep for pubs and bars. This pub doesn't help matters, pull yer fingers out guys!
Mardy staff and dull beers means I shall'nt be going back there for a while. Check out Hootchies or Spirit for drinks and for great grub slip down to The Selkirk (old frog)....
anonymous - 4 Nov 2005 21:59
This is ridiculous! When I moved to Too-TANG we skiped in here for a couple and decided this would become our local. Went in there the other sunday and were grunted at repeated by the miserable bar staff who couldn't be arsed to serve anyone but their mobile phones. Our food order was got totally wrong, which is surprising being that it took them over an hour to get it ready and then a further 10 minutes for it to travel the 5 metres from the servery to the table. We didn't complian or moan, simply when we ordered dessert (the food was nice despite the wait) we said that it might be nice if all the desserts could come out together and within the hour, the manager then got the right arse, fed us with a load of rubbish excuses that anyone with half a brain cell wouldn't have bothered trying to fob people off with and spent the next hour staring at us in the hope that we'd leave. When the deserts came, they were wrong and not very nice so we did leave, the Mayfair certainly enjoyed our custom for the next 4 hours and did very well out of the jukebox.
Cidermaster - 3 Nov 2005 14:18
what is going on with that pub? where are all the good looking barmaids and the friendly bunch that use to be there? There is only nasty and sad faces working there at the moment and on top of that is about time for you guys to clean your pipes! beer taste funny!
anonymous - 30 Sep 2005 12:14
10/10 don't know what they done to the place but i left to oz 6 months ago, now am back to tooting and this place rocks!
Staff, food and a hell of a lot of new beers!
The place to drink in tooting.
anonymous - 25 Jul 2005 17:32
This is my local and the best pub round these parts, mainly due to the absence of the pikeys that seem to be in every pub in the world these days. Either that or the same group of pikeys are following me around all the time, its hard to tell, they all look the same don't they?? This pub's clientele are a proper mix of the local population too which is refreshing, the bar staff are all trendies but some of the women are nice eye candy.

I watched the Champions League final here when Liverpool pasted AC Milan and it was one of the happiest moments of my life, and for that I will always love this place.

And the foods good, bit steep, but really nice. Pool table and big screen for those big games.


jimd - 28 Jun 2005 10:12
Thank god they changed the manager. The place looks very clean, the staff is friendly now and the food is amazing. What a change! Spot on!
anonymous - 17 Jun 2005 16:50
Where is the old manager???? All that you see now is unhappy staff and customers, and that new manager is... lets put in a nice way... not very clever, is he?
anonymous - 6 Jun 2005 20:12
Not a bad pub, I am a bit agrieved that they stopped selling Belgian beer, but hey you can't have it all.
Last time I ate here the food was a bit ropey but I hear it has improved slightly since then.
If you are in Tooting this is a good'un, but you should also check out the newly refurbished Selkirk down the road, worth a look aswell.
rjbradburnesq - 30 May 2005 17:47
The best pub in Tooting. 10/10
anonymous - 26 May 2005 17:29
1000 jackpot next sunday on the quiz. i'll be there
anonymous - 16 May 2005 16:42
Great atmosphere! stayed all day and night yesterday (sunday 15th) amazing quiz, great real ales and the new food menu is great. All the staff is really nice and very friendly. Be defenatly back next w-end with my mates!
anonymous - 16 May 2005 16:31
Despite looking pretty odd on the outside, this is a lovely pub with plenty of space and high ceilings, engraved glass etc. All the old-fashioned "boozer" trimmings. Good and pleasant service too. Well worth a visit.
anonymous - 16 May 2005 09:58
good pub, good place for a beer and some grub too.
good for footy, tho have only watched England games in there.
badger13 - 6 Apr 2005 16:01
Nice pub and food and beer.
Worth a visit just to admire the splendid glasswork and screens.
The London Pride was on top form, which perhaps might not have been expected, given the noticeable lack of much beer trade.
Will definitely return, when next in the area
JohnBonser - 28 Feb 2005 13:23
nice pub, Nice food, Nice beer, Nice place........
Shame they showed manure vs Inter milan on feb 23 when i wanted too see cheski get beat by barcelona after all this is a pub in london why show man utd on the big screen
anonymous - 24 Feb 2005 23:44
definitely agree. the only good place to drink in tooting. the castle has gone downhill in a big way. there are lots of nice birds at the kings, both barstaff and punters. who was the new staff member with the benninton's shirt on last friday? damn!
tingles - 8 Feb 2005 13:50
It's better than a kick in the head.
microwaved_fish - 3 Feb 2005 14:37
What a quality pub....
rob - 7 Sep 2004 14:34
A really ace local boozer. The guys behind the bar are fairly easy on the eye and friendly too. The only place to drink in Tooting.
Louisa - 31 Aug 2004 17:30
Had some pleasant times here. Nice pub, big and spacey - ornate interior. Worth a nose.
John - 29 Jul 2004 15:28
great pub! wicked atmosphere and friendly staff!!
anonymous - 15 Jul 2004 16:38
This pub has it over all others in the area, was well impressed by the staff and the atmosphere of the place, even on a weeknight this pub seemed to have a good feel to it. Was also good to be able to eat a sunday roast in a beer garden again.
Lindsey - 14 Jul 2004 13:31
Great quiz - when its on. but im not sure about the manager. bad hair and not all together very friendly
cathy - catherine@hotmail.com - 10 May 2004 16:45
Not bad food for quick pub meals. Atmosphere usually spot on too. Staff are friendly and not hideous to look at...will definately go back!
ems - 6 Apr 2004 11:31
Lovely food. Monday night's 2-for-1 on pub food, and the steaks are lovely - 2 for a tenner.

Big screen for football, rugby & cricket, 3x fruit machines & a pool table. Shame the jukebox went. Also a slightly incongruous cigar humidor...

Quiz night is fun, but cheating is rife.

Rich - 25 Mar 2004 14:08
What a great place, full of Aussies! The manager is drop dead gorgeous as well.
Cathy - 25 Mar 2004 13:42
Fantastic pub. The staff are ace, the food is wicked and the atmosphere is great any night of the week.
Helena - 12 Mar 2004 11:08
only decent place to watch the rugby....
karenjones - 6 Feb 2004 14:47
great pub, good 4 sport, excellent food and drink. Screams quality
Ian - 28 Jan 2004 12:30
Proper pub, friendly staff, good music, good beer garden, big screen, top place. A late licence would be the icing on the cake...
Dave - 21 Nov 2003 14:47
Despite the fact that the female toilets are behind the big screen, this is a real female friendly pub with staff that speak English!!!!
Katie - 20 Nov 2003 13:59
This place is genius...staff seem to have a sense of humour and are constantly doing mad shit at the end of the bar...Iwish they'd sell stella though.
anonymous - 12 Nov 2003 14:08
big pub, with a high roof and old type rooms. big screen, big bar, great place
oliver penney - 5 Nov 2003 16:52
Good footie pub - turn up for a top atmosphere during England games
Chris Dunhill - 3 Nov 2003 09:46
Excellent "real" pub.
elizabeth - 29 Oct 2003 16:40
A stunning victorian pub, well run with excellent food, well done.
TheCat - 29 Oct 2003 10:58
its alright, like. best avoided on quiz night though as the place seems to fill up with the 'fresh orange juice' brigade. yawn
rodders - 22 Oct 2003 16:46
All the lepers in South London meet here on the first Friday of every month. Hence the previous comment. Not funny onepunch, (leprosy is not contagious.)
Ian Bennett - 21 Oct 2003 17:45
I just discovered that this pub sells Kriek... which confirms my suspicions that there is a God (well that and the fact that I've contracted Leprosy)
OnePunch - 20 Oct 2003 23:23
I went for the quiz but I got most of the questions wrong and got drunk instead. Haven't been back to work since. Quite fancy the goofy guvnor. You know who I am Mr Ed. I want you!!!!!!
Emily - 15 Oct 2003 12:18
No, no and thrice no, perfection it is not. A good sized, nice laid back pub yes, but the decor and furniture is musty and old and the food is passable but not great. Okay for a Sunday or when the football is on.
anonymous - 15 Oct 2003 12:14
As close to perfection as I can imagine. Would have scored a 11/10 if they served Kriek. The bar staff are a touchy-feely lot... I wonder what goes on upstairs after closing???
OnePunch - 15 Oct 2003 06:10
Genius quiz....much better than the other toilets in Tooting...and the food is A1.
Jim - 8 Oct 2003 18:34
bar staff are of the bestI've seen...especially thatCathy...who's got lovely lils....
dannybaker - 8 Oct 2003 18:22
Luckily for me this is my local - right at the end of my street. Moved to Tooting just after it reopened last October, so dont know what it was like previously. Thumbs up now though. Friendly bunch of staff. 2-4-1 meal on Monday is a bargain. Not done the quiz myself yet but was there couple of Weds ago and its v. popular. And Thursdays without fail we're in there necking our quota of 2-4-1 cocktails. The decor is lovely. Beer garden was v. nice in summer although the benches are uncomfy. And Im a big fan of the armchairs in the corner next to the fireplace.
Lynn - 2 Oct 2003 12:21
seems quite nice, well, with Mr. Ed the talking horse running the show it's gotta be good, shame enrique left. Oooooh, the lamb? i'll have to try it!
felicity - 2 Oct 2003 12:12
Best quiz I've seen (Weds). And if you haven't had the lamb...you've never had lamb.
Peter - 25 Sep 2003 12:23
Very pleasent staff. They have a quiz on Tuesday hosted by a hilariously funny camp man called James. Lamb shank was really excellent.
Jimmy1 - 24 Sep 2003 17:14
Best pub in the area by a mile.
rob - 3 Sep 2003 17:36
The guvnor's a young tall lanky fellow called Ed with a goofy face a spring in his step. Just what Tooting needs. We all love his silly walks and his crazy clothes. Great spot for a few pints and a chat with the ladies.
Tooting Irish Posse - 29 Aug 2003 16:44
Great food, you must try the Lamb & Mint Shank, it melts in your mouth, 2-4-1 on Mondays, I'm there every week without fail! Definetly gets a 10/10
Ashley - 25 Aug 2003 19:37
Great pub! Lovely food and a really friendly atmosphere - what more could you ask for in your local!
Graham - 11 Aug 2003 11:41
In reference to Briony's comment. did you happen to think that a problem with food would be more a problem with the kitchen, not the bar staff. also I would then be inclined to think that a time issue with food would be more to do with the volume of meals being cooked, not incometance on the kitchen staffs behalf. I had a meal at the Kings Head for the first time on Monday. It was great and they currently have a 2 for 1 deal on food every Monday ngiht. I did have to wait about half an hour but there was about 100 people in there eating and only two kitchen staff. It also gave me time to sit down and have a Pint in the beer garden and unwind after work. On the whole I think it is a great all round bar good for individuals through to families.
tony - 7 Aug 2003 11:32
Great for watching live footy. Have some absolutely brilliant memories of watching some Euro 96 games in here. Apart from the time a local nutter threatened to take me outside cos he thought my cheap imitation England shirt was the Germany kit!! My mate skidding down on his knees when Liverpool scored in the last minute to make it 4-3 against Newcastle will always stay with me too. Big old pub with a decent atmosphere.
chopperbomb - 30 Jul 2003 14:27
A great Beer garden has just opened out the back. Really relaxed atmosphere and great food. A good 4 or 5 pinter
Rory Gibson - 10 Jul 2003 14:19
This is a nice clean and tidy pub a goog large screen to watch any game. Well worth a visit one of the best pubs in Tooting.10/10.
anonymous - 9 Jun 2003 15:01
This pub is pretty quite and does not have much going on. The food menu is good with very cheap prices. Good for a quite lunch.If your looking for a loud night out, look somewhere else. Like the Wheatsheaf down the road, always a loud night in there.
Luke. - 26 May 2003 09:05
The chap at the bar on Monday told a crowd of us that food would be a twenty-minute wait, so we waited and then twenty minutes later another barman said it would be another twenty minutes. Was starving at this point, so couldn't be bothered to hang around. Apart from incompetent bar staff I'm sure it's a nice pub.
Briony - 23 Apr 2003 09:50

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